Additive Manufacturing (AM) is an emerging manufacturing technology in the Oil and Gas (O&G)
industry and offers a high potential for significant innovations. This new manufacturing technology
is being actively used and applied in all industry segments (fullstream) of the O&G industry, such as
the exploration of reservoirs by latest drilling and evaluation tools and production (upstream), the
transportation and storage of goods (midstream), as well as refining and industrial power processing
(downstream). In addition, a digital revolution is being driven to modernize the O&G industry by
optimizing operations thru the power of data and analytics.
In comparison to other industries such as medical and aviation, the experience level of additively
manufactured components in O&G is still relatively low. Due to industry specific requirements, which
are different ormore challenging than other industries, current developed and qualifiedmaterials for
AM cannot always be used. High static and dynamic loads, corrosion as well as abrasion and erosion
are significant challenges for all materials. A high reliability of services as well as meeting all
standards of Health, Safety and Environmental is the key in the operational field at the customer site.
The young AM technology needs to overcome all these challenges and needs to be applicable at high
pressure of productivity and cost efficiency.
Due to numerous opportunities of AM, Baker Hughes, a GE company has focused significantly on key
advantages of this technology in product design. The process and material development and its
qualification for production have been the main focus over the last years to enable production of
additive manufactured goods. Enabling new designs, the ability to manufacture new materials and
alloy families, as well as the opportunity to significantly reduce product development time by shorten
multiple design iterations have all been benefits that have found success in the applying this
technology. Furthermore, local satellite production opportunities at decentralized manufacturing
hubs will enable to ability of short lead times even in outlying regions. Thus, AM is an important
technology in the O&G industry and is seen as an elementary part of innovation to bring energy to